The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

April 23, 2012

Constitution Team gears up for nationals

JOPLIN, Mo. — Despite the challenges faced by this year’s Constitution Team at Joplin High after the May 22 tornado, students will reprise their appearance at the “We the People” national competition in Washington D.C. later this month.  

“The tornado of last year destroyed virtually all of our resource materials,” said William Keczkemethy, the team’s coach and Joplin High teacher. “It prevented us from having our spring time meetings, it prevented our students from being able to read their We the People books over the summer and on top of that we had a number of students that had family issues going on over the summer. Where, even if they had the books, it would have been an uphill battle.”

The competition, which is held in a mock hearing format, tests students’ knowledge of the Constitution and its role as a living document, the Founding Fathers, current events and court cases. At the state competition in January, JHS students competed against eight other teams, said senior Derek Carter. Some of those teams had to win their district to compete at the state level, but Joplin didn’t. The team will represent the state of Missouri.

Students cannot be on the team more than one year. The students will have to answer different questions at the national competition than they did for state. Last year’s team won the state championship and a division of the team won the national championship with the highest score in its unit, which set a high standard for this year’s team, said senior Siri Ancha.

“I’m nervous,” she said. “But at the same time, a lot of us are in it to win it.”


The We the People National Finals will be held April 27 to May 1 at the George Mason University campus and the U.S. House of Representatives hearing rooms in Washington, D.C. More than 1300 students and teachers from every state, the District of Columba and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will attend. The program began in 1987.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • r042314psumove2.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Moving day for biology and chemistry building at Pittsburg State

    They didn’t all go two-by-two, and the person in charge wasn’t named Noah, but nonetheless, critters of all shapes and sizes were on the move Wednesday. Students, volunteers and staff members helped Delia Lister, director of Nature Reach, relocate everything from a pair of prairie dogs to a vocal macaw named Charlie so that Heckert-Wells Hall — the biology and chemistry building where they are housed on the campus of Pittsburg State University — can undergo a $4.4 million transformation in the coming months.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • 3M plant expansion to create 22 jobs

    An $18.7 million expansion at the 3M Co. manufacturing plant in Nevada will create 22 new jobs, a company official said Wednesday. “We started 43 years ago as a small manufacturer,” said Todd Cantrell, plant manager, in a meeting with employees. “We are now the largest 3M plant in the state of Missouri and one of the largest of all 3M plants.”

    April 23, 2014

  • Respond With Love flower.jpg Joplin pays it forward with flowers; residents asked to return bulbs ‘fostered’ for other towns

    Suzan Morang’s front yard bloomed brightly last year from a colorful array of bulbs that she will happily pass on to someone else this year. Morang, 1207 Xenia Court, is a participant in America Responds With Love, a national nonprofit organization that distributes bulbs to disaster-stricken cities.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Missouri lawmakers file three resolutions calling for impeaching governor

    While Gov. Jay Nixon was in Nevada, Mo., on Wednesday, a Missouri House panel led by Republicans began hearing arguments on three measures calling for impeaching him. Nixon has downplayed the proceedings as a legislative “publicity stunt.” One resolution, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is critical of Nixon for waiting several months to call special elections to fill three vacated House seats.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3 To Get Ready

    Three things coming your way in Thursday’s Joplin Globe.

    April 23, 2014

  • Nixon: Tax-cut bill holds fatal flaw; area lawmakers say stance totally false

    Another year has brought yet another tax-cut fight between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly, and on Tuesday, Nixon announced that he had found what he sees as a fatal flaw.

    April 22, 2014

  • NEO_Big_Event - Bright.jpg NEO students step up for Big Event

    Leann Hartman has a 30-foot ditch filled with leaves that she has to clean out every spring. For the retired schoolteacher, this usually means paying a company to clean it for her, only to have to do it again the following year.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3 To Get Ready

    Three things coming your way in Wednesday’s Joplin Globe.

    April 22, 2014

  • r042214earthday.jpg Local group launches clean air plan on Earth Day

    It was an Earth Day first for Stephany Aquinaga, a pre-med student and member of the biology club at Missouri Southern State University. “This is the first time I have ever planted a tree,” she said.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho teachers express support for Common Core State Standards

    Neosho teachers on Monday voiced their full support for Common Core State Standards. They made their statements to board members during the Neosho Board of Education meeting as an agenda item.

    April 22, 2014